The Coastal Maine towns of Rockport, Rockland, and Camden feature an array of events, festivals, and parades throughout the year. Check out our event listings below to see if any upcoming events coincide with your stay at the Samoset Resort. You can also rely on our friendly team for personalized recommendations based on your unique interests.
The 24th Annual Business & Community Expo
The 24th Annual Business & Community Expo, presented by the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, will be held at the Samoset Resort on April 12, 2017. Everyone is invited to the Expo, where you’ll meet representatives from more than 100 business and non-profit organizations serving our region-all under one roof! This is a great day to make new business connections, check in with old friends, learn the latest from area education, charitable and service organizations, and discover new developments in our region. Exhibitors will have show specials, give-aways, and drawings, all for your benefits. See you at the Expo! Free Admission. Open to the Public. 2 PM to 7 PM.
Summer Solstice Celebration
Join us for our annual Summer Solstice Celebration on Saturday, June 17th from 4 - 7 PM in downtown Rockland. Then come down to our After Hours Dock Party and enjoy music and dancing from 6 – 10:30 PM. All events are FREE! The street Party is on Main Street, and the Dock party is at Journey’s End Marina at the end of Tillson Avenue. The Street Party is family friendly, and the Dock Party is Adults Only, 21+ with ID. No Cover Charge – Cash Only Bar.
Festival of Independence
Join us in Harbor Park on July 4, 2017. Midcoast organizations team up to offer three days of fun over the Fourth of July holiday. Concerts, family events, parades, and fireworks, with fun and affordable options for all tastes. For more information, contact the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce: 207-236-4404
Great Schooner Race
Maine’s tall ship fleet gathers for an exciting race from Islesboro to Rockland. This year marks the 41st anniversary of the Great Schooner Race, North America’s largest annual gathering of tall ships! Friday, July 7, 2017 from 9 AM – 6 PM. Islesboro to Rockland.
North Atlantic Blues Festival
Our neighbor Rockland hosts the magnificent annual two-day blues music festival featuring national blues performers. It’s widely considered one of the most prestigious blues festivals on the East Coast! July 15th & 16th, 2017. For more information, visit: www.northatlaticbluesfestival.com
Maine Lobster Festival
The Maine Lobster Festival is indeed one of Maine’s premier summer events and is recognized nationally. During the past several years, scores of articles about the festival have appeared in international magazines and major metropolitan newspapers. It also has been featured on several international television programs, including a feature broadcast on the Food Network. August 2 -6, 2017. Rockland, Maine. For more information, please visit: www.mainelobsterfestival.com/
Maine Boats, Homes, & Harbors Show
The 15th annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors will feature boats in the water, boats on land, marine vendors, fine furniture and homewares, art jewelry, architecture, and delicious food. This event is Maine’s only in-the-water boat show, and features a wide variety of exhibitors. Produced by Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine. August 11 -13th, 2017 at Harbor & Buoy Parks, Rockland. Visit www.maineboats.com
for more info.
Camden Windjammer Festival
Every Labor Day weekend, Camden hosts a windjammer celebration of maritime heritage. Throughout the day on Friday, Schooners from around Maine sail in and dock in our harbor—whether you’re a boat lover or not, it’s a spectacular site. After nightfall, fireworks officially kick off the weekend, and festivities continue throughout. When it comes to a community party, the crews, captains, craftspeople, business owners, residents, neighbors, and visitors really know how to have a great, family-friendly time in one of the world’s prettiest harbors. September 1-3, 2017. For more information, visit: www.camdenwindjammerfestival.org
Windjammer Festival Parade
Join us on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, from 2:30 PM- 4:30 PM as we lead the parade and sail thought Camden Harbor for the crowds of onlookers ashore during the 20th annual paradise of sail. B.Y.O.B. For more information, visit: www.camdenrockland.com/area-events/windjammer-festival-parade
Join us for the 13th Annual Camden International Film Festival. Better known as CIFF, this festival showcases the finest international documentary cinema. Recognized as one of the top 25 film festivals in the world for documentary films and filmmakers, the festival highlights work that shows dedication to craft and a unique and artistic approach to telling a darn good story. The festival utilizes beautiful and unusual venues in Camden, Rockport, and Rockland, Maine. Screenings are followed by intimate Q&A sessions with directors and industry professionals. Festivities over the weekend include panels, workshops, photographic exhibits, musical concerts and exclusive parties. CIFF gets bigger and better every year! September 14 – 17th, 2017.
Hope Orchards Opening Weekend
This Pick Your Own orchard is a must for locals and visitors alike. Featuring 14 varieties of apples, we are the perfect fall excursion, just 6 miles from Camden. Our fresh cider is pressed on Fridays in season, and we often sell out by Sunday morning. Out retail stand also has pears and selected vegetables. Open September – October. Wednesday – Sunday from 9 AM – 5PM. Opening weekend is September 15th – 17th, 2017. Hope Orchards, 434 Camden Road, Hope, Maine. Check out website for evens and picking schedules – www.hopeorchards.com.
Scenic Chairlift Rides Camden Snow Bowl
Chairlift rides run Saturdays in October from 10 AM to 2 PM during the height of foliage season. Pancake breakfasts served in the lodge before the rides. October 1 -29th, 2017. Visit: www.camdensnowbowl.com
for more information.
Camden Windjammer Day Sail
Tour includes: Sail past local Camden and Penobscot Bay landmarks, take part in hosting the sails and a turn at the wheel. Blankets are provided for your comfort. Cocktails, beer, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase. Boarding starts ½ hour before. Please bring a valid, government issued photo ID. To purchase alcoholic beverages we must verify your age. Visit the website
for more information.
Summer Sails: June 20th – September 6th, 2017. Duration: 2 hours. Departs daily at 10 AM, 12:30 PM, and 3 PM.
Fall Sails: September 17th – October 9th, 2017. Duration: 2 hours. Departs daily at 10 AM and 1:30 PM.
Camden Windjammer Sunset Sail
Exact departure time varies with the sunset. Please check your confirmation for your departure time. Boarding starts ½ hour before. Tour includes: Sail past local Camden and Penobscot Bay landmarks, take part in hosting the sails and a turn at the wheel. Blankets are provided for your comfort. A chef’s selection of hors d’oeuvres. Cocktails, beer, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase. Please bring a valid, government issued photo ID. To purchase alcoholic beverages we must verify your age. Sails June – October. Visit the website
for more information.
Departs Daily: Summer 5 PM – 6:30 PM; Fall 4 PM – 5 PM